Thursday, March 13, 2008


Reflections by the Sea © Betsy Ore Glass
March 13, 2008

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! "Blessed is the King of Israel!" –John 12:13 NIV

Living in peace is what we should strive for. Just look at the ocean. Some days there is little movement, almost glassy-like. Calm and quiet as though the ocean is taking a day off to rest. Other times, it seems so angry, ready to overtake anything. White foam, tall waves, swells of water swirling in all directions. Then there are the days when the waves are rhythmic and slow. Steady and predictable. The ocean is at peace, doing its job, not being adversely affected by weather or temperature. I can relate to this, can you? I am learning the importance of living in peace. If it is in our control to make peace and live in peace, we should do it.

Jesus was one that spoke and acted in peace and love. As we approach Palm Sunday, it is important to understand the significance of that day many years ago. Jesus entered into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. He came riding on a donkey. The symbolism of that donkey represented Jesus’ peaceful intentions. Palm branches were cast onto the street by the many people who lined each side as they shouted, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”. He was acknowledged as the long-awaited Messiah. The palm branches signified that his arrival was a triumph, a victory. In many churches today, palm branches are still symbolically used during Palm Sunday services. Let Palm Sunday mark the beginning of seeking peace and coming together with others with peaceful intentions. This approach to Holy Week is a time for reflection. Jesus showed us by example many years ago and God will make a way today, if our heart is pure with the intention of seeking peace, in all our ways.

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